Today we’re looking at how to design to design your own meditating room at home.
Having the proper space to meditate in is an important part of practice. In my guide to the basics of meditation I discuss how a room needs to reflect the mood you want to achieve when you’re meditating. For most people you will want what I call a “Zen-sational” relaxation zone. It’s a place that when you enter it you immediately feel yourself relaxing.
Have you ever been to a Buddhist temple? They are wonderful, relaxing places. You want the meditation space to conjure that same sort of feeling. Your home is your temple. And you want your home to help you to find inner peace, to reach enlightenment, and to help you unwind and relax.
A good room will help you to relax and will promote focus and inner calm. So, how exactly do we go about designing the perfect room?
How To Design Your Own Meditation Room At Home
Whether you are looking for a zen room, Buddhist room, Japanese room or any other type of meditation space, these simple instructions are all you need to know. And once you are finished you will be able to do your own meditation retreat at home.
Choose which room of your house to use as a meditation space
Do you live in a house? An apartment? A condominium? And what type of home do you have? Is it large or small, new or old?
Whatever type of home you live in, there will be room for a meditation space. I’ve seen meditation spaces in mansions and I’ve seen them in much more humble homes too. But of course, the size and type of home that you have will affect the design of your meditation room, and in some cases it will not be a “room” but more of a space taking up part of one room.
You can create a good meditation space wherever you are. But first of all, decide which room of the house you will use, or, if needs be, decide which specific part of a room you will use (for instance, you might choose to use one corner of your basement for a meditation space).
When you decide which room of your house or apartment to use, you will immediately get a sense of how you want the room to be designed.
For instance, if you’re choosing to use a corner of your lounge, and your lounge happens to be modern, then you will want the meditation space to reflect the style of the rest of the room. You’ll want it to be modern and comfortable like the rest of the lounge.
Of course, if you’re choosing to dedicate a room of your home to meditation then you have more options. In that case you can design the room however you like.
So, do you have your pen and paper, or a computer document open? Somewhere you can make some notes? No? Go grab something you can take notes. And now write down which room of the house or which area you will use for meditation.
2. What type of meditation are you going to do in this space?
You know you want a room for meditation. But do you know what type of meditation you’re going to do there?
Your actual meditation practice will heavily influence the design of your room.
The majority of beginner meditators use two types of meditation: breathing meditaitons and guided meditations. Is this you? If so, there are a few important things to bear in mind when it comes to designing a meditation room.
For guided meditations and meditation music: you are going to need some sort of playback device. It could just be your laptop if you’re using Youtube. Or you could have a music system for a higher quality of sound. And you will probably want a surround sound music system with high quality speakers. Or you could just take your phone or tablet and use your headphones. It totally depends on how high quality you want the sound to be. While you’re in your meditation room with your high quality sound system, be sure to listen to our collection of the most beautiful meditation music in the world.
For breathing meditations: If you are going to do breathing meditations you will need the meditation space to be a quiet room. Is that easy to achieve in your house? Or are your kids constantly making noise? If your home is noisy how are you going to quieten it? You could choose to soundproof your room (you can do this quite economically. Take a look at Chris Woodford’s guide to soundproofing a room on Explain That Stuff.
For Buddhist meditations: Rooms for Buddhist meditation are going to need specific items. For instance, you might like to have a Buddha statue, a mani stone, or other items that reflect Buddhism and the teachings of the dharma.
For Yoga / Tai Chi / Dynamic Meditation / Dance Meditation: If you are going to be moving around in the meditation room you’re going to need a nice mat and a fair chunk of space. For instance, if you’re doing dynamic meditation you are going to be throwing your arms about and you will need to avoid injury. And if you’re using your room for yoga you will need a yoga mat and possibly other items such as blocks.
Other meditation techniques. There are more than 700 types of meditation. You can read about them in my guide to meditation techniques. Take a look and choose which meditation techniques you are going to focus on.
So far we have chosen where your meditation space will be and what type of meditation you will do there. And we have looked at specific requirements for different meditation techniques. Now let’s talk about room design.
If you have a spare room in your house, why not try converting it into a meditation room?
3. When it comes to deciding how to design your own meditation room at home, consider colour.
You will want to consider colour therapy when designing your room. Different colours have different psychological traits (for instance, blue is calm where purple is spiritual). Bear this in mind when you choose the colours for your room. Do you want an exciting room in oranges and reds, or a relaxing room in greens and blues? If you are designing a Feng Shui room, remember to go by the Feng Shui Bagua.
Let’s take a look at how different colours will affect the meditation practice:
Red: Red is a fantastic colour for increasing vitality. Lots of temples are red because red creates feelings of warmth and love. But for some this colour will be too exciting and not conducive to relaxation.
Blue: Blue creates calm and relaxing feelings and is reassuring. One of the most relaxing colours, use blue for a chill-out zone.
White: White creates feelings of purity and calmness. This is a very good colour for a general meditation space.
Grey: Grey is colour that makes you feel more productive and more grounded. So if you want your meditation space to be a place you go to to get grounded, this would be a good choice.
Orange: Orange is a warm, happy, and optimistic colour. If you’re one of my “positivity warriors” then this is a great colour for you. If you want your room to be your happy place, this is a good choice.
Yellow: Orange is an optimistic and happy colour that will make your room more joyful. If you’re doing meditation techniques like Smiling Buddha Technique and other meditations for happiness, this colour would be perfect.
Pink: Pink is a calm and loving colour that creates warm feelings. Good for practicing meditations for love, but not the best for other meditations.
Purple: In terms of colour psychology, purple is the colour of spirituality and helps you access the spiritual parts of your mind.
Brown: Brown is the colour of Earth and because of this it is grounding. So if you’re using meditation to get grounded, this is a good choice.
Of course, you can use colour combinations. Temples are a combination of red (warmth and love), yellow (positivity) and brown (grounding). You can learn more about colour combinations on House Beautiful.
Consider colour psychology when designing the meditation room…
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When designing your meditation room remember to use the psychology of colours. Colour psychology will help create the right vibe for your meditation room.
4. Features and furniture for your meditation room
Next, when you’re thinking about how to design your own meditation room at home, consider the features and furniture you would like to have in your room.
There are some items that the majority of people do like to put in their meditation rooms. These are:
Meditation cushion: Whenever you meditate it is very important that you are comfortable and that you have good posture. If you’re not comfortable you will not be able to focus and your practice will be affected. That’s why a meditation cushion is so important. To help you out, I’ve create a guide to the best meditation cushions. Or alternatively, you might like to read my guide to the best meditation chairs.
Yoga mat / Meditation mat: A no-brainer really. If you’re going to be doing yoga you will need a good meditation mat or yoga mat. ArtworkThese are economical but play an important rule in your practice.
Meditation crystal: Meditation crystals are one of the most popular items. If you would like to practice crystal meditation, choose a crystal that works with your room. Take a look at my guide to crystal meditation for more on this.
Buddha statue: If you are a Buddhist then this really is a must. I’ve put together a guide to the best Buddha statues to help you choose.
Tibetan Singing Bowl: Take a look at my guide to choosing and using a Tibetan Singing Bowl for more on this.
As well as these must-haves there are many popular items you might like to consider:
Water feature: Who doesn’t love the sound of water when they’re meditating? Install a water feature and you’ll feel like you’re living in the heart of nature while you’re mediating.
Salt crystals: Salt crystals are very popular at the moment. The theory is that they make your room healthier by producing negative ions in the air.
Artwork: In my experience, near everyone who is into spirituality is also into art. So that is probably true for you too. And if that’s the case, you might like to include some artwork for your walls.
5. Use natural decorations including aromatherapy and detoxifying plants
Who doesn’t love nature? Nature is the most beautiful and pure element in the world. And it is valuable to meditation practice too.
Ask yourself what natural elements you can introduce to your room. We have already discussed water features, which make for beautiful features. And you might like to include plants and perhaps even a pet.
The best plants for meditation rooms include plants that offer aromatherapy (for instance, plants that smell like jasmine, such as Lily of the Valley) and plants that detoxify the air, such as Bamboo Palm and Peace Lily. Not only do these add visual attraction to your meditation room they detoxify and scent the room too.
6. Get some fresh air in your meditation space
Fresh air is very important in a meditation room. Remember, you may be using this room for physical exercise like yoga, tai chi and qigong as well as meditation. Your lungs will thank you for the fresh air.
Fresh air is also very relaxing and will help you to focus when you are meditating. The feel of fresh air on your skin helps you to let go and unwind.
You will need at least one window in your meditation room. But for the best effect you might like to use a ground floor room with a sliding door so that you can open the door and feel like you are with nature.
7. Make sure your meditation space is lit properly
Different qualities of lighting produce different moods. Think about how a romantic table for two is lit compared to how a store is lit. You can use lighting to influence your mood when you are in your meditation room.
For a great guide to mood lighting, take a look at The Neighbor Newspapers article.
So now you’ve got your meditation room, why not:
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And try our guide to Meditating At Home.
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